PROLOGUE: "Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family… in another city." George Burns

RECONCILIATION SERVICE: It will take place in Abbeyfeale on Monday, December 22 @ 7pm. Confessions on Christmas Eve after 10am Mass until 12 noon.

CHORAL SERVICE: An edited version of the wonderful service held recently in the Church of the Assumption will be broadcast on WL102fm on Christmas Day afternoon from 2-3pm.

YOUTH CLUBS: Kate Murphy says” We would like to thank all our young people for participating in all events over the past year. Thanks too to our leaders who give of their time. We wish you a peace filled Christmas and a safe New Year.

CARD GAME IN CRYLE VIEW: The winners were Gerry Flynn, Timmy Dee and Paddy Finnucane. Fr John won the hamper so we hope he enjoys all the goodies, forget the diet for this week! Proceeds to Fr. Tim Galvin.

ABBEYFEALE FOR AFRICA: Organiser Triona Tobin says a huge thank you to all who baked or made jam and everyone who supported the cake sale. All monies collected went straight to the a/c in the Credit Union with no overheads.

TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MURT DOWNES: A repeat of the recent tribute to Murt Downes RIP will be broadcast on Christmas Eve from 6pm.

CHRISTMAS ARRANGEMENTS: Christmas Eve Vigil Mass 9pm with Carol Recital from 8.30pm. Christmas Day Masses 9.30am and 12 noon with Recital from the Senior Choir at 11.45am.. St. Stephen’s Day Mass 11am. New Year’s Day Mass 11am.

ARA NA FEILE: Next meeting Wednesday, January 14.

CARERS ASSOCIATION: A Fetac Level 5 Healthcare Course taking place in January. Contact 057 9322920.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the son of God was born of the pure Vir

FEALE FIT: Fealefit would like to thanks all their friends, family and clients for another great year! Great memories of 2014 and looking forward to making new friends and memories in the New Year. Have a great Christmas, eat, drink and be merry and see you all for The New Year’s resolutions. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from Shane & Kadie.

WELCOME TO BROTHERS OF CHARITY: We are delighted to hear that the Brothers of Charity have opened a workshop at Mountmahon and the Abbeyfeale and Tournafulla people who attend their services at Laceys Cross, NCW will be moving much closer to home. So welcome home the two Seans, Pa and Kate and we hope that you will be very happy in the new surrounds.

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GOOD NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE: Following a meeting between a subcommittee of the new group formed to help save the Adult Ed. Centre and the staff at the centre it has been confirmed that a new programme of courses will be starting in the New Year – for more information ring (068) 31198. The problems highlighted at the public meeting of the cost of upkeep and maintenance of the building were discussed and will continue to be monitored.

BEE KEEPING COURSE: The course with tutor Seamus Quinlan of the Kingdom Beekeepers has finished for this year. It was held at the Adult Education Centre, Abbeyfeale every Tuesday from 7-9pm and will resume on the first Tuesday in February. Further information 087 6866450.

MEN’S SHED: The Men’s Shed is open every Monday evening from 6-9pm. New members are always very welcome.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER: Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in a stable in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At the same hour, vouchsafe O My God, to hear my prayer and grant my petition. Amen.


ICA NOTES: PRO Bridie O’Shea writes; After our Christmas break, the first guild meeting in 2015 will be on Tuesday, January 20, commencing at 7.30pm at the Community Education Centre, Mountmahon. New members will be welcome. We wish a Happy Christmas to one and all.

PPN MEETINGS: Limerick City and County Council has announced the establishment of a new network aimed at enhancing and expanding the role played by community groups in the formulation of local government policy and the future development of local communities across Limerick. The Public Participation Network (PPN) will be the new representative voice of the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors in Limerick and will be the main link through which the local authority connects with groups.
Putting People First – An Action Programme for Effective Local Government (October 2012) sets out a vision for Local Government in Ireland: “Local government will be the main vehicle of governance and public service at local level -leading economic, social and community development, delivering efficient and good value services, and representing citizens and local communities effectively and accountably.” Section 46 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 enables local authorities to take all appropriate steps to consult with and promote effective participation of local communities in local government. Citizens and communities will be encouraged and supported to participate in the decision-making processes of the local authority. PPN’s will be established in each of Limerick’s four Municipal and Metropolitan Districts, namely Limerick Metropolitan, Adare-Rathkeale, Cappamore-Kilmallock and Newcastle West, which will feed into a City and Countywide PPN. PPN members will be able to nominate representatives to the Council’s primary decision making bodies, including the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), the Joint Policing Committee (JPC), and the Council’s Strategic Policy Committees (SPC).
Online registration for the Public Participation Network opened on Thursday, November 13, 2014, and will continue until Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Registration can be completed online where more information is available.

CONNIE HARNETT MEMORIAL SWIM: The family of the late Connie Harnett have been in touch to say: “A fundraising swim will take place in Ballybunion on New Year’s Day at 1pm. All money collected will go to the Day Hospital at St. Ita’s Hospital, NCW including both the Physio and OT departments who gave support and help to Connie for many years. No words would be enough to thank them for all they have done for us and others. We hope the money raised will go some way to helping them. Anyone interested in swimming or sponsoring a swimmer can contact Mary @ 087 7919414or Kathleen @ 086 3151447.”

SUE RYDER: Wishing every one of our wonderful volunteers and all our customers a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2015. Thank you for your continued support.

GREAT SOUTHERN TRAIL: The GST will host a walk/cycle along the Greenway on Saturday, December 27 at 2.30pm commencing at the old Abbeyfeale Station. The round trip for walkers is to the Kerry Border and back (4 miles total) while cyclists will go to Tullig Wood, Templeglantine and back (10 miles total). Refreshments will be provided afterwards at the adjacent Railway Bar, Abbeyfeale. Tá fáilte romhaibh go léir!
Text or telephone 086 813 4061 for any enquiry.

WREN BOYS: King of the Wrenboys, Paddy Finnucane has issued an appeal for musicians, singers and dancers to join with St. Ita’s Wrenboys on their annual fundraising outing on St. Stephen’s Day. He can be contacted at McElligotts Furniture, Main St.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Ita McQuinn holds her monthly Rambling House on the 3rd. Monday of the month in Monagae Community Centre while Mick Sheehys Rambling House, Knockalougha is held on the 3rd. Tuesday of each month from 9pm.

ABBEYFEALE PARISH CHURCH NOTES: Parish office 11-1pm Tuesday-Friday 068 31133. Parish Support Worker 068/31019. Counselling Appointment 061/314213.Church 068/51915, Canon John O’Shea P.P.: Tel: 068 – 31157 : 087 – 9708282, Fr Joe Foley CC: Tel: 087 – 2618412. Mass Tuesday – Saturday at 10am except in the event of a funeral when Mass is 11am. Mass Monday at 7pm, Mass on Saturday 11am followed by Confessions, Vigil Mass 7pm, Sunday 9.30am and 12 noon. Mass Intentions: Monday 7pm Maria Enright Caherlane 1st Anniversary, Tuesday 8.15 Ellen Kehoe, 10am John Riordan Purt, Wednesday 10am John Collins, Church St. Friday 11am Joan Aherne and Nora Keane. Saturday 7pm Geraldine Woulfe, Tom Doody, Kilconlea Upr Month’s Mind.

St. Anthony Novena takes place each Monday at the 7pm evening Mass. Adoration resumes early January. It is now the responsibility of family members and relatives, if they require a visit, to let the priest know when people are in hospital.

BINGO BUSSES: Eoin 087 2522402 leaves for Castleisland from outside Tuohig’s Supervalue at 7.40 pm every Tuesday and Dinjoe goes to Shanagolden.

BRIDGE: Abbeyfeale Bridge Club every Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Railway Bar. Visitors welcome. Anybody interested in Bridge Lessons contact 087 3344909.

BUS SERVICE: Cork Colleges Bus Service: Fitzpatricks of Listowel & Abbey Coaches. A bus will serve Abbeyfeale (5.20pm), Newcastlewest (5.40pm), Dromcollogher (6pm) each Sunday evening and will return on Fridays at 1.30pm and 6pm. €10 per seat, Call 087 3966399.

ADAPT: There is a support worker in Abbeyfeale each week to meet women one to one by appointment. The worker can listen to women and support them in keeping themselves and their children safe. Ring Sheila on 061 412354 for more information or to make an appointment.

ABUSE OF STIMUNANTS: For support around drug and alcohol use the HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am and 5.30pm. This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline helpline).

WEST LIMERICK TOASTMASTERS: Toastmasters hold their meetings in the Desmond Complex on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from September to June from 8.30 – 10.30pm. First meeting of the New Year will be on Wednesday, January 21. Further information from Bill on 087 9079223.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPPORT: The local group can be contacted at 068- 31230/51984 /